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September 25, 2017   |   Ithaca, NY

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Reported knifepoint robbery found false

Last night’s report of an armed robbery has been found false, according to Dave Maley, associate director of media relations.

The Office of Public Safety advised all students on and off campus to remain indoors after a student reported a knifepoint robbery, which was said to have happened at 5:30 p.m. yesterday in a Terrace residence hall bathroom. During the investigation, the individual who reported the crime admitted the robbery never took place, Maley said.

Maley said the person who filed the false report could face campus judicial action.

“Obviously we took this report very seriously and subsequently when we found the report was false we also took that very seriously,” Maley said.

All ID card access on campus has been reactivated after safety measures were taken requiring students to be keyed in by a residence director or Public Safety officer. Public Safety gave the campus an “all-clear” message and advised students to return to their regular routines.

Public Safety used its on-campus outdoor loudspeaker system to tell students to stay in their residence halls when the report was initially filed. Maley also sent out text messages and voice mails to students throughout the evening using the Emergency Notification System.

“We are pleased that we were able to deal with this tonight and determine it was false instead of carrying the investigation into the morning,” Maley said.

Check back for more updates.